With only three days left to the Winter Games, concerns are being raised about the food and water safety at PyeongChang, following reports of 41 security guards showing symptoms of the Norovirus which includes serious vomiting and diarrhoea.
According to officials at Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the PyeongChang Organizing Committee, three out of 41 guards who suffered from diarrhea and vomiting were diagnosed with the Norovirus, as at 5 a.m on Monday.
Norovirus is highly contagious and can be majorly spread through contaminated food or water.
More than 1,200 security guards have been withdrawn from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics because of the norovirus outbreak, organisers said on Tuesday.
“The 1,200-odd people were pulled out from their duties,
“They were replaced by some 900 military soldiers.” an official of the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee told AFP.
The norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis, or infection of the stomach and intestines, due to food poisoning. Highly contagious and active at low temperatures, the norovirus causes stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
People can get infected by eating or drinking contaminated substances, touching contaminated surfaces and coming into contact with an infected individual hence the apt withdrawal of as much as 1200 security personnel from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.